Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by roge, Feb 19, 2012.
Is displatying Tex. state rifle association vehicle license plates bad idea?
Why would you think so?
My wife has a Kansas State Rifle Association, Double Tap Defensive Pistol Shooting Club, and a NRA sticker on her little pickup. Is there something she is supposed to be afraid of?
There is only one objection to such displays that makes any sense to me. Car prowlers may expect to find firearms in a vehicle with such plate holders or bumper stickers. I don't know if that's realistic. I prefer to be anonymous.
I used to live in CA and was always discreet but now that I live in TX I have a custom plate that says ACK IMP for my Ackley chambered rifles. I've had a couple serious shooters approach me knowing what it meant but most people dont...and that is the way I like it.
It just suggests to others they can find guns inside the house where this vehicle is parked. If that is OK with you, it is Ok with me.
Kinda like the cutsie bumper stickers saying "Driver only carries $20 worth of ammunition." I often wonder if these folks didn't get enough attention growing up. All that bumper sticker really says to me is "Don't tell me I'm going to be robbed, say nothing and shoot me in the head, then rob me, cause I'm carrying a gun." I kinda like being low key and having the element of surprise on my side.
I have read threads where displaying simple NRA stickers or any suggesting pro gun rights views have become targets of vehicle breakins thinking there must be a firearm inside.
I've heard a lot of hearsay, but never seen an actual news report.
If you have, I'd love to see it
If you live in the city, it is not a good idea to draw attention that you are a gun owner. If you outside of the city, I don't believe there will be a problem but I again,I say, why draw attention to yourself? chris3
Not just your car, prowlers can follow you to your residence and be pretty much guaranteed they'll find firearms there. Then they simply wait until you're not home and bye bye guns.
You'll never even know how it happened. You'll suspect an acquaintance who knew you had weapons did some talking while all along it was the sticker on your vehicle that announced to the criminal population: "guns here -- please come get them."
Thank you everyone. As much as I want those plates, I think the cons outweight the pros.
I just recently heard about gang members placing tags on vehicles parked at gun shows and exhibitions to tip them off later if they see them parked in a better location to burgle.
This claim has been thoroughly refuted by the organization the originator claimed issued the warning. The tags on the vehicles appear to have been nothing more than marks placed by the manufacturer on tires. There was nothing to back this up other than a histrionic Facebook posts that then everyone re-posted.
Back to the thread...
From most accounts, vehicle break-ins occur when a thief seems something valuable in plain view, not when they see a particular sticker or license plate. Most burglaries are also crimes of opportunity: open garages, obviously vacant homes, valuables seen through windows, etc. While it is possible there are some particularly dedicated thieves who will go the extra mile to spot a sticker on a car driving down the road and follow it home, I doubt that any difference in vehicle/home break-ins among people with gun stickers is statistically significant enough to really base a decision on.
If anyone has actual evidence of a substantially increased risk, not just anecdotes or "well, it stands to reason...", feel free to share.
Is there a good sale going on? I don't want to miss out.
I generally feel that's it's best to go along without attracting attention to yourself.
I keep all slogans, bumper stickers, personalized plates that imply political views, etc., off my vehicles. I have friends that are on different sides of various issues, and there's no point in uselessly alienating them. With some people, I'll express my opinions and either agree with them or try to persuade them; with others, it's best just to stay mum.
I was driving a nice new car one day and stopped at a red light. A car load of gang banger types pulled up beside me. The passenger leaned out the window and said, "Hey mon, Nice ride, Hey mon, where you live?"
Kinda made me think...
I dont have any stickers on my truck. I prefer to blend in and not draw attention to myself. However if I can find a "Eat More Possum" tag I will buy it.
I too stay way from decals and such. My license tag is personalized, but it's a reference to music, not shooting.
Thieves could target your vehicle, but potential carjackers might look elsewhere for easier pickings.
Also, Canadian Customs might single you out for special attention. I added an NRA-Life sticker to my rear windshield since last going to Ontario and plan on seeing if my theory is correct next year.
Heck no. Display your Texas State Rifle Association plates with pride -- the more people see, the more they realize how mainstream guns are.
My CCW instructors plate is "CCW".
How's that for showing what you got?
Do what you want, and don't worry about it. Myself, I'm proud to have an NRA sticker on my truck.
Same here, it's a personal thing.
More "in your face" licence plates..........I haven't even been stopped by curious police officers...............[/IMG]
I was thinking about this same topic the other day, after finding myself behind a truck with a couple of pro-gun stickers.
Now, it may be that I don't think like a crook, but my first thought was not "Oooh, that's giving somebody an opportunity to steal a gun." In fact, my thought was "OK, somebody not to mess with because they're likely to be armed."
It is a personal choice...........kinda like open, or concealed carry.
There is no wrong answer.
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